The best way to digitize film radiographs is to scan them with a flatbed desktop scanner. The scanner needs to have a “Transparency Adapter”. This is a device which allows users to shine a light through a transparent object in order to scan it. Transparency adapters were devised primarily for scanning 35 mm slides but work just as work for film radiographs. Transparency adapters on most scanners are just large enough to accommodate 2 or 3 slides. That is big enough for a PA or 2 but not for a pano or full mouth series. The Epson V700 shown here has a high resolution output and an 8″ x 10″ transparency adapter.
Built-in lid Transparency Size: 8″ x 10”
Supported Film Size:
- 35 mm mounted slides 12 frames
- 35 mm film strips 24 frames
- Medium format strips 2 1/4″, 120 / 220, 6×20 cm 2 – 6
- frames4″ x 5″ film 2 frames
- 8″ x 10″ film area guide
The suggested retail price is $700. Not cheap but a lot less than many of the specialized x-ray scanners sold to dentists.